Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Independent Project Reflection: Learning About Learning

I used Prezi to create a project on the topic of exotic pets. The biggest thing I enjoyed about doing this project is that I was able to use my own videos of my animals in my project. The hardest part of the project was adding more knowledge. I knew a lot about my topic, but I wanted to learn more, so I really had to search for information. However I liked that in a way too. I really had to dig for information, but I still learned a lot of things that make me a better caretaker for my pets, and a better informer for those who want to know about them. I think this made me improve as a learner more, because I researched a topic that very few people know about. If I could do this project again, I would have taken longer videos of my pets so that I could have talked while the video played. If I have any suggestions for Mrs. Edlin, it would have to include our daily logs. They might be useful for some people, but for me it seemed like a waste of time and paper. I don't really feel like they helped me accomplish more, but that's just my feeling personally. Overall, I love independent projects, and this one was a blast because it let me learn about something I love and share my interest with people.

Friday, January 5, 2018

One Word: Letters of Self-Improvement

I chose the word "determined" as my word. I had lots of goals for this year, and I couldn't decide what word could relate to them all. I wanted to make more friends, so I thought about using the word kind as my word. However, I also wanted to be more brave, and be more sure about the decisions I make. So the word kind just didn't work at all. I wanted to use the word strong too, but that can be interpreted in so many ways. I wanted to be more emotionally strong so that I wouldn't give up easily. But strong didn't seem to give the effect I wanted. I wanted a word that kept me going. I wanted a word that fit all my goals. I wanted to be a better friend, a stronger person, and a person who won't give up. So I decided on the word determined. It was a perfect fit. When I think of the word, I think of never giving up, no matter the odds. It's a perfect word to match my goals. It tells me to keep trying, to keep going, to keep helping people. I liked this "mini project" in the end because it really got me thinking about myself, and I think it got other people thinking about themselves too.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Joy and Disappointment: Comparing To Kill A Mockingbird In It's Movie and Book Form

To Kill a Mockingbird was an incredible book. Filled with everything from the little joys of life, to the greatest downfalls of our society, the book is one of the most controversial, yet important, pieces of our American literature.

Don't even get me started on the movie though.

The movie form of, To Kill A Mockingbird was, as I see it, less than satisfactory. While it does do an extraordinary job of visualizing the characters, for the most part, it leaves out many things, many, important things. Some of these things are small, while some are larger, making it hard to truly appreciate the movie. One of the more smaller things left out is the "Son, wear your pants," line. It was very upsetting to not have Atticus say that line. That was my favorite line in the entire book, and they left it out. Everybody was very disappointed that this astronomical sentence was left out of the movie. It was a crushing blow to my heart, and for that I will always love the book more.

Another thing I disliked about the movie compared to the book was the near absence of Mrs. Dubose. While it seems weird when I say it, the more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Mrs. Dubose was a nasty, grouchy, unpleasant woman that seemed to get on Jem's nerves so badly you would think Jem would have lost his mind. However, when Atticus forced Jem to start reading to her, the more he did, the more my heart opened up to like Mrs. Dubose. Mrs. Dubose and her struggles with life intertwined Jem into the real world. Jem became a much better person, and his character grew a lot after Mrs. Dubose passed away. That part was more emotional to me than Tom Robinson's trial. As you can imagine, I was very pained by the lack of the grouchy, morpheine addicted woman in the movie.

Like I mentioned earlier, the movie did a great job of picturing the characters. Atticus looked exactly how I pictured him, with his giant glasses and stern face. His comments and speeches are spoken exactly how I hoped they would be, and everything just seemed to be perfect with him. The children also were portrayed very well, although Dill's nose was a bit large.

Overall, I preferred the book over the movie. Both productions were good in their own ways, though the movie left out too many of our inside jokes and favorite parts to truly appreciate it.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DWA TODAY: 1st Quarter Publishing

Skye Krause L.A 8th hour

 If was invisible for a day, I would hide in a random classroom all day and make puns. If I was invisible, I would also prank Nicholas for all the things he does to me, but on a larger scale. Like for example, Nick put a sandwich in my locker once so high I was too short to see it, so I would fill his locker up with sandwiches, and when he would open it, they would all fall on him.

 What really gets on my nerves is Nicholas. He puts stuff in my locker, calls me short, (Which is not true, I happen to be only a little under average height), and takes my pencil at the most inopportune times. He makes me want to rip my hair out and tear my eyes out of their sockets. What makes the whole situation worse is that I have him in nearly all of my classes. Not only that, but he is also in my homeroom. What also gets on my nerves are cluttered spaces. I can not fall asleep until my room is not decluttered and cleaned. So you can understand why it drives me insane when I go to a certain friend’s house, and this certain friend has a cluttered room. Those things are what get on my nerves.

Friday, March 17, 2017

History Day Reflection

My project for history day was a historical exhibit on Jane Goodall, and how she took a stand in history. I like my project because I think it is very creative, and really stands out to the viewer. I learned a lot about Jane Goodall, like how she discovered chimpanzees use tools like people, and won many awards for her work. This project was very difficult for me, but it helped me learn a lot more. I learned how to make and annotated bibliography, correctly cite a source, and how to cite an image. My classmates helped me a lot with this, and I'm happy I know how to do those things now.
I'm not really sure at this point how I could improve my project, but if I did, I might add more pictures. What I am most proud of about this whole process is the stuff that I have learned. This project made me a lot more confident when citing sources, designing projects, and typing papers. I am definitely going to use this knowledge in my future projects and presentations, not just in GOAL, but in real life someday. I think that Jane Goodall fits with the theme taking a stand in history, because Jane Goodall had to take a stand to follow her dreams of going to Africa, and stands up for animals through various conservation projects and speeches. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Shakespeare Reflection

When I first heard we were going to do a shakespeare unit, I was very interested. I was excited to understand all those crazy words that were used back then! I also wanted to understand what other plays he had made, because everybody seems to remember him for Romeo and Juliet, but I had always heard he had more plays. I don't think I can draw much of a conclusion to his attitudes towards things. Sometimes he would say something in a play that could have possibly been his opinion, and then later he would state something that  contradicted it. I think thats what made many of his plays so special, because he never had one side to a story, he would always make it more interesting. Thats why I can't honestly draw a conclusion. I don't think Kate was truly tamed, although that would depend on what one would consider tamed. I do believe that she learned to appreciate her husband, and possibly Petruchio learned to appreciate Kate. If that is what one would call taming, then I can assume she was tamed. Shakespeare's first folio is important for a couple of reasons in my opinion. I think it could be of importance because it easily could have been one of his first pieces, although we can never know what really was. Also because it is so old. If a piece of work has survived that long, It seems in human nature to take care of it. The insults and death scenes are important because they were fun. But they were also important because the insults helped us get an understanding of what their language was back then. The death scenes helped us act, like in the many plays that Shakespeare wrote. I think even now we can all relate to at least one Shakespeare piece, because his stories are things that happen now! Of course not exactly, we don't call each other pigeon eggs or say thou, but his plays have many scenarios that are very relatable to. That makes Shakespeare important today.